Library Seminar: “Musical Research, Literature and Libraries: 20th Century Art Music and its Influences on Today’s Music Education and Literature”, Ülkemin Akbaş, Alexandros Charkiolakis, 12:30Noon December 26 (EN)

You are kindly invited to a talk organized in cooperation with the Bilkent University Library
and the Department of Music.

Speakers: Dr. Ülkemin Akbaş and Dr. Alexandros Charkiolakis

Title: “Musical Research, Literature and Libraries: 20th Century Art Music and its Influences on Today’s Music Education and Literature”

Date: December 26, 2023, Tuesday
Time: 12.00-13.20
Place: Art Gallery, Bilkent University Library

The event will also be live-streamed on Bilkent University Library’s YouTube Channel:

Under the scope of contemporary music, our talk will examine the impact of 20th-century music which is influenced by technological and social developments on today’s music education and literature. In this session, we will focus on the music literature conveyed to students in education, and the role of university libraries in this education, and the motivations of music institutions providing higher education in Türkiye.

Biographical Notes:
Ülkemin Akbaş received his undergraduate degree in composition from Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts faculty. He completed his master’s degree at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz in Austria under the supervision of Beat Furrer and Klaus Lang.

In 2014, the composer, who organized a portrait concert at the Vienna Ehrbar Hall, had his works performed by many prestigious European music ensembles. His works were performed at the 6th New Music Week of Shanghai in China, the International New Music Week Bucharest in Romania, and at the Auditorio Nacional Madrid in Spain.

His work Nocturne was commissioned by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, and the work’s premiere was performed by BSO in 2019. In 2020, his string orchestra piece Kırık Çemberler was performed by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. The composer currently serves as a lecturer at the Music and Performing Arts Faculty of Bilkent University.

Alexandros Charkiolakis studied piano and music theory at the Hellenic Conservatoire, musicology and orchestral conducting at the University of Sheffield and the Royal Northern College of Music, philosophy and management at the University of Athens.

He worked at the Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri” of the Friends of Music Society and from 2013 till 2017 he taught at MIAM – Istanbul Technical University and he was also head of the “Erol Üçer” Music Library. In May 2017, he became the general director of the Friends of Music Society in Athens. He has edited several books and co-authored the book ‘Interspersed with Musical Entertainment’: Music in Greek Salons of the 19th Century (Hellenic Music Centre) with Avra Xepapadakou. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the State Orchestra of Athens, the board of the Mikis Theodorakis Museum in Zatouna, and the board of the Greek IAML Branch.